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Mary Poulter

Mary Poulter, one of 101 convicts transported on the Lucy Davidson, 10 July 1829

Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Mary Poulter
Aliases: none
Gender: f

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1796
Occupation: Laundress
Date of Death: -
Age: -

Life Span

Life span

Female median life span was 56 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: Violent theft
Convicted at: Middlesex Gaol Delivery
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Lucy Davidson
Departure date: 10th July, 1829
Arrival date: 29th November, 1829
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 100 other convicts


Primary source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/7, Page Number 108
Source description: This record is one of the entries in the British convict transportation registers 1787-1867 database compiled by State Library of Queensland from British Home Office (HO) records which are available on microfilm as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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Roger Churm on 1st May, 2019 wrote:

Old Bailey Proceedings
MARY POULTER,Violent Theft,robbery
11th June 1829

1000.Mary Poulter was indicted for feloniously assaulting Emma Herbert,spinster,on a 11th of May,putting his in fear,and taking from her person,and against her will,1 shawl,value 12s.,her property.

Emma Herbert.I am single,and live in Wardour-street.On the 11th of May,between five and six o’clock in the afternoon I had been out for a long we,and was taken very ill;I sat down on a stone in Compton street;I had been walking all day,seeking a situation as a servant -I sat down and put my hand to my forehead;the prisoner came up,and said"You have been drinking” I said"I had not,but I was unwell;I never saw her in my life before -she asked me to go with her and have a cup of tea;I refused,but she pressed me-I got up and followed her to No 29 Rupert-street,but do not believe I exchanged a word with her-I followed her up stairs;she took a key out of his pocket,and tried to open the room door-the street door was open;the moment she tried the key to the room door,a man caught hold of my shoulder,and helped him-the man tore me down stairs foremost;as he took hold of me,she took hold of the shawl,and pulled it off me -the man pulled me down stairs;I was senseless with the blow;I recovered a little,and went up stairs again,but the woman,the man,and shawl were gone;I went home.I found my shawl in pawn at the top of Compton-street,early next morning;I informed a constable,who went with me to the house in Rupert-street,and took the prisoner-I am quite sure she is the person.I am a native of Wales,but have been in London thirteen or fourteen years.

Prisoner.Q. Did we have a drink together ?.A. I did number drink with her at all nor go to any public-house with her.

Peter Tate.I am a pawnbroker,and live in Princess-street,Soho.This shawl was pawned with me for 5s in the name of Jones,on the 12th of May,about half past eight o’clock in the morning,by the prisoner;I did not ask where she got it,as she had pawned things before-she mentioned no name but Jones.

William Green.I am an officer of St.James’.On the 12th of May the prosecutrix made a complaint to me;I went with her to Rupert-street,between twelve and one o’clock,to a house;I saw the prisoner on the stairs,and asked if her name was Mary Poulter-she said No;I was going up stairs-the prosecutrix called me back,and said"That is the party;” I took her to the pawnbroker,who said she had pawned the shawl;she denied both the robbery and pawning it.
(Property produced and sworn to)

Prisoner’s Defence.I was rather in liquor,and met this woman who was drunk,and a mob was round her;she complained to me of being ill,having knocked her head against a post-she said she dare not go home in that state,and if I took her home and give her a cup of tea,she would pawn her shawl to pay for it,but I said"Let us put the kettle on first"as we went up stairs my husband came home,and found us drunk-he threw us both down stairs -she told me she would come and breakfast with me after my husband was gone in the morning,instead of which she brought an officer.

GUILTY of stealing only.Aged 33

Transported for Seven Years

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th January, 2022 wrote:

New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents. Ship; Lucy Davison
Indent No; 90
Name; Mary Poulter
Age; 33 years, Reads, Married - 2 Children ON BOARD
Native Place; Galway
Trade or calling; Laundry Maid & House Maid
Offence; Robbing Person
Trial; London - 11 June 1829 - 7 years
Height; 5 ft 1 1/2 in
Noted against name;

1833 - Ticket of Leave 33/272. Allowed to remain in the District of Sydney

1836 - Certificate of Freedom. Date; 18 Jun 1836. Age; 40 [1796]

Convict Changes History

Roger Churm on 30th April, 2019 made the following changes:

date of birth: 1796 (prev. 0000), gender: f, crime

Penny-Lyn Beale on 4th January, 2022 made the following changes:


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